May 9, 2003 - by
Virginia Opens ACC Softball Championship With A 4-0 Victory

May 9, 2003



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Virginia freshman pitcher Erin Horn recorded her fifteenth with of the season striking out eight and only allowing three hits in game one of the 2003 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championship at the Seminole Softball Complex.


The Cavaliers advance to play No. 1 seed Florida State later this evening at 7 p.m. Maryland will play the loser of game two between North Carolina and Georgia Tech tomorrow at 11 a.m.


With the victory, Horn has 15 complete games on the season. The Terrapins had three hits on the game, but couldn’t take advantage when they had runners in scoring position, leaving seven runners on base.


“First of all, Erin Horn pitched an excellent game. She did what we needed at the right time. Lots of strikeouts and she kept her composure,” said Coach Sprangel. “She also cut down on her walks, which is something we have been working on and what we needed to win this game.”


Virginia scored first in the bottom of the first inning as Jenn Wynn singled to center field and scored Jessica Taylor to put the Cavaliers up 1-0. They struck again in the second when Christina Grimm singled in Johanna Kaiser, who doubled earlier in the inning. Katie Weinberg scored to make the score 3-0 on a double by Heather Field. Field hit her second double of the game in the 5th inning and later scored off of a single down the left field line by Sara Larquier.


Maryland had their best opportunity to score in the second inning as Monica Cyphert led off with a walk and was moved over to second on a sac bunt by Jillian Callaway. After a ground out, Crystal Rizzuto walked to put runners on first and third. Horn ended the inning by striking out the last batter to get Virginia out of the jam. The Terrapins threatened again in the 4th putting runners on second and third, but Horn relied on a strikeout and ground out to get her out of the inning.


Live statistics and recaps of all the games of the 2003 ACC Softball Championship are available at theACC.com.

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